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Bowersock to host ribbon cutting for $25 million hydroelectric power plant on Friday

Chad Lawhorn

Here’s one company that won’t be sad at all if it rains on its ribbon cutting. The folks at the Bowersock Mills and Power Company will be celebrating the opening of its $25 million hydroelectric power plant on the north bank of the Kansas River at 4 p.m. Friday. The ...

City to use eminent domain to take over dilapidated East Lawrence property; Just Food seeks $25,000 in CDBG funding to expand dairy, meat offerings

Chad Lawhorn

Well, Town Talk is playing catch-up today. As I previously reported, I was off on Friday to help park cars at the annual Lawrence Auto Swap Meet. And I was off on Monday to clean mud out of places that I didn’t know I had. So, that leaves us with ...

Lawrence homes sales up 24 percent; selling prices also on the rise

Chad Lawhorn

The Lawrence real estate community hit a significant milestone in March. It was the 12th straight month that the Lawrence real estate market has posted year-over-year sales gains. According to the new report from the Lawrence Board of Realtors, there were 76 homes sales in March, up nearly 29 percent ...

Duo has plan to convert Teller's into gastropub with heavy emphasis on craft beers; Papa Murphy's opens with special event for Boys and Girls Club today

Chad Lawhorn

In Lawrence, beer is art. If you don’t believe me, drive through certain neighborhoods and behold the beer-bottle pyramids erected on many a front porch. Well, it looks like Lawrence beer lovers may soon have another way to express their love for the beverage: a gastropub. A deal is in ...

Lawrence ranked second-worst-performing small metro area, according to new national economic index

Chad Lawhorn

Call it a rankings rut, and this one is pretty deep for the city of Lawrence. [A new national study][1] has ranked Lawrence as the second-worst-performing small metropolitan area in the nation, based on a variety of economic measures. The Milken Institute ranked Lawrence 178 out of 179 metro areas ...

New report finds city's broadband market sub-par

Chad Lawhorn

Costlier, slower, more limited: It is bringing back memories of the teacher comment section on my report cards. Well, this is a report card of sorts, and "costlier, slower, more limited" is the key phrase in a new study of the city’s Internet broadband market. A consulting team hired by ...

Lawrence home builders have best first quarter since 2010, according to new report; Hallmark undertakes another $3.3 million in construction

Chad Lawhorn

Shine that hammer and sharpen that saw. There are signs that the Lawrence homebuilding industry is getting busier. According to a new report released by City Hall, builders started 23 new single-family or duplex homes in Lawrence during March. That brings the total number of single-family and duplex permits to ...

Popular breakfast restaurant Milton's returning to downtown in space currently occupied by Loopy's

Chad Lawhorn

There are a few survival tips I’ve learned in nature: Never stare a feral hog in the eye; don’t get between a bear and her cub; and don’t block a Lawrence resident from his French toast. That last one is courtesy of David Lewis, the former owner of the one-time ...

City seeking grant money to improve 23rd and Haskell intersection in preparation for increased traffic from SLT

Chad Lawhorn

If there is a special set of scissors out there that have been put aside to cut the ribbon on the completed South Lawrence Trafficway, it may be time to get them out and limber them up. You’ll probably have to knock the rust off of them too. After all, ...

Menard's project highlights city rule on vacant space; a look at how Lawrence ranks in state retail report

Chad Lawhorn

Build it, and it will be empty. That's the motto of Lawrence, at least in one way. City planners will be reminded of that tonight. The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission will consider a proposal by Menard's, the large home improvement chain, to build a 190,000-square-foot store just east of 31st ...

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